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good morning, america. this morning, october blast. it is not a trick. and for many of us, not a treat. a monster storm barreling up into the northeast this morning, with the biggest and earliest snowfall in more than a century. major cities in the crosshairs, as we head into a white halloween. true survival. after six, long days lost in the wilderness, an 8-year-old autistic boy is found alive. no food and temperatures near freezing. how did he survive so long, all alone? desperate decision. a mother's worst fear realized. trapped by a fire. she's forced to drop her two, young children out of a third floor window to the neighbors below. how did she work up the courage
to do this? she's going to talk with us exclusively this morning. and miracle pup. they tried to put him down but he survived. how did little daniel the dog cheat death? we'll meet him live right here in our studio this morning. and we've got him live with us in the studio this morning. this is a huge get for us. daniel the dog. there he is. he's got a sweater on, looking chipper. >> looking very much not like a stray. >> absolutely not. >> i believe that's a designer sweater. and clearly, he got the news about the weather. we'll meet that miracle dog in a little bit. >> very, very happy to have daniel with us. also, very happy to be co-piloting with lara spencer. welcome. >> thank you very much. it's great to be here. we have a busy news morning for this saturday. coming up, the bait and switch at the fish counter. we're going to tell you about
these new tests that show you're not always getting what you pay for when you buy fish. we did our own investigation. and 18 out of 22 samples, were not as advertised. we are going to start this morning with some breaking news. we just got confirmation of a devastating attack on american troops in afghanistan. 13 americans traveling in a nato convoy were killed by a suicide bomber in kabul, the capital city. this morning, abc's martha raddatz who has covered the u.s. military for years is on the phone with us with the very latest. martha, good morning to you. i hesitate to say those words, good morning, because it is not one at all. can you take us through what happened in kabul? >> reporter: well, dan, what was happening is this convoy contained a bus. this is almost like a regular bus route for nato troops. onboard, mainly u.s. forces. 13 u.s. troops killed in this attack on a bus. a suicide bomber drove a vehicle into the bus, essentially blew it up. very badly burned.
along with the 13 u.s. killed, there were 4 u.s. wounded, i suspect badly, a canadian. and also afghan police and some civilians who were standing around. they believe the suicide bomber sp specifically targeted this bus. they're armored buses. they're called rhinos because of the armor. but could not withstand the power of this suicide bomb. >> kabul, the capital city, supposed to be the most secure part of afghanistan after this deca decade-long war. >> reporter: insurgents are aiming at kabul. for one reason, they get a lot of media attention. they make the spectacular attacks. andwesterners. and they target americans. that's harder to do in other places. they're going the tactic of spectacular attacks. we had an attempted attack on the embassy recently and military headquarters. fortunately, no one was injured,
no americans were injured in those attacks. but they are upping the ante here. >> martha raddatz on a terrible morning like this. we are always happy to have somebody with your expertise covering the u.s. military. we really appreciate it. thanks again. we're going to turn, now, to the rare pre-halloween nor'easter. i say rare, we could be seeing more snow than we've seen since the civil war this early. this is a monster storm. it's plowed through texas and colorado. and it's heading up into some of the largest cities in america. abc's david kerley is out in it in hancock, maryland. david, good morning. we can see the flakes behind you. >> reporter: dan, it is starting to come down now. this is the leading edge of the storm. you're seeing the wet flakes come down here in hancock. this is where the bulk of the storm is going to run up in the middle part of the new england area. and if you don't think it's coming, look what happened in texas last night. they got several inches of snow. and this is the same storm that
started. remember wednesday in denver, a big surprise. it had been 80 degrees on tuesday. they got several inches. heavy snow, hit the trees that still had the fall leaves. branches fell and caused power outages, as well. as this storm moves up into maryland, we're going to see the heavy part of this snow, up to six inches, by later today. then, in the northeast, it's a true nor'easter. and it could be that the kids, come halloween in some of the high areas have to be wearing snow boots around beneath their halloween costume. lara? >> thank you very much. david kerley in maryland. it's real. and for the latest on the storm's path, and how bad it will get, we have meteorologist stephanie roberts from our tampa affiliate, wfts. good morning, stephanie. >> good morning. we're talking a foot of snow with the historic early-season snowfall. we're changing over to snow in central p.a., checking back down into the appalachians. and as many as 12 states under winter storm warnings for today.
if it isn't the snow, it will be the heavy rain or coastal flood warnings. if it isn't the snow or the rain, it will be the winds. winds will be gusting upwards of 40 miles per hour with this nor'easter. let's track the snow. it pulls up the coastline. we'll see the snow spread to the west and the major east coast cities as we go throughout the day. this system is going to climb up to philly, to new york and up to boston. how much are we talking? by the time it is all said and done, a foot or snow or more for interior new england. look at all of the states, even more than six inches. this is a major concern for power outages, heavy, wet snow. the leaves are still on the trees. you're definitely going to want to prepare for this storm now. charge up those cell phone batteries. dan? >> all right, thank you. and by the way, i asked stephanie. she assures me, that even though we're getting an early season snowstorm, it does not mean we're in for a tough winter necessarily. necessarily. now, though, to politics and the race for the white house. your voice, your vote. and this morning, is tea party darling michele bachmann falling out of favor with the tea party? bachmann, who at one point, she was the candidate to beat.
she is now being urged to drop out by one major tea party group. so, what's going on here? abc's ron claiborne is on the case. good morning. >> good morning, daniel, the human. good morning, everyone. in the topsy-turvy battle for the republican nomination, no one's fortunes have soured as much as michele bachmann's. now, adding insult to an already injured campaign. one of the leaders of the tea party factions has turned on the woman who was one of the earliest supporters of the tea party movement. >> hello, iowa. thank you, everyone. >> reporter: just ten weeks ago, michele bachmann was surging. >> we love michelle. >> reporter: winning the iowa straw poll. >> take it to the bank. cash the check. >> reporter: winning praise for her steady debate performances. >> i will not rest until i repeal obama-care. >> reporter: bachmann is facing this. >> she can't focus on those things, what the tea party really is about.
she needs to exit stage right. >> reporter: the minnesota congresswoman is now taking fire from some of the very people she had counted on, the tea party. one tea party leader says she should get out of the race now. >> the longer she stays in the race, i think the more potential for there to be damage to the tea party brand. >> reporter: bachmann, who considers herself a founding member of the tea party and the leader of its congressional delegation, fired back. >> it certainly isn't a blow to my campaign because i've had nonstop support coming out of the woodwork from tea partiers all across the country. >> reporter: but last week, her entire new hampshire staff resigned en masse. and her national poll numbers have dropped. she was at 10% in august. now, 4%. >> she's going to be up against rick perry, herman cain. and now, the person who is at the top of the polls in iowa, who nobody thought was going to play there, mitt romney. >> reporter: bachmann is showing no signs of giving up. >> thank you. >> reporter: but the future of her candidacy relies on winning just one state, iowa. that's why you will see her in the hawkeye state more than any other between now and january 3rd, caucus day.
and bachman went on to suggest that supporters of rick perry were behind ryun's call for her to leave the race. she dismisses it as a clumsy stealth move. the fact remains that bachmann's campaign is struggling. and if she does not win in iowa, and she trails badly there in the polls, she will be in serious and maybe irreversible trouble. lara? >> all right. thank you, ron. and moving to the manslaughter trial of michael jackson's doctor. the defense dropped a bombshell during their final day of testimony yesterday. their medical expert witness testifying he believes the king of pop accidentally killed himself. abc's jim avila was in the courtroom and has this report. >> reporter: the defense wrapped direct testimony from its last witness. with dr. paul white, telling the jury, michael jackson self-injected the final fatal dose of 25 milligrams of propofol, with a syringe connected to his i.v., after
swallowing eight pills of the sedative lorazepam. >> you think it was a self-injection of propofol, between 11:30 and 12:00? >> in my opinion, yes. >> reporter: dr. white testified it's the prosecution contention that dr. murray used a jerry-rigged i.v. drip to continually infuse michael jackson with propofol for hours made no sense. the prosecution's star medical witness, dr. steven shafer showed jurors during his testimony, how he believes dr. murray put an open, large propofol bottle into an empty saline bag to fashion the drip. his counterpart, dr. white, disagreed. >> have you ever seen this? >> no, i have not. >> have you ever heard about it? >> i heard about it in court last week. but that's the first time. >> reporter: the defense expert said the amount dr. murray told police he gave michael jackson, 25 milligrams, was not enough to kill him. >> would this present a danger situation here? >> not at all. giving small doses has very
transient effects. the dose of propofol that we're talking about here, 25 milligrams. that is a dose that might be used to produce a little bit of anxiety relief. a little bit of sleepiness. >> reporter: prosecutors asked for the weekend to prepare for its cross-examination of dr. white, much to the dismay of jurors. they should get the case by the end of the week. jim avila, abc news, los angeles. time, now, to look at the morning headlines with ron claiborne. >> hi, again, dan. good morning, everyone. occupy wall street protesters are digging in for cold weather across the nation. meanwhile, some police are cracking down on protesters in tennessee. state troopers arrested people defying a curfew for the second-straight night. and bank of america appears to be backing away from its controversial, new debit card fee. bank of america is now considering ways to make more customers exempt from that $5 fee. the bank sparked a huge public backlash after announcing plans
to charge $5 a month to use its debit cards. other banks, including chase and wells fargo, are cancelling similar fees. it was an emotional night in indianapolis, where sugarland performed for the first time since that deadly stage collapse during their concert there back in august. the free concert served as a tribute to those who were injured in the tragedy at the indiana state fair, which killed seven people. the crowd was asked to donate to the victim relief fund that's raised almost $1 million. our robin roberts will have the first interview with sugarland singer, jennifer nettles, after the tragedy. and finally, the st. louis cardinals are world series champions. the cards completed their improbable comeback, beating the texas rangers in game seven. the deciding game. the cardinals were down to their last strike twice in game six before pulling out a win in that game. it was the franchise's 11th world series. and it is time, now, for
weather. and stephanie roberts is back with us again from wfts in tampa. stephanie, you picked a very busy weekend to come up here. >> absolutely. glad to be here. good morning, everybody. we're going to talk about the cold coming into the northeast. it is already in the middle of the country. widespread freeze warnings. chicago, down to nashville, over to raleigh. you're waking up with temperatures in the 30s this morning. florida's waking up to a lot of wet weather. that wet weather stretching south of tampa over to miami for today. more than three inches of rain already in boynton beach. but the cold front is going to push that rain out of the picture. that rain, remnants of what was tropical storm rina, once hurricane rina. and looking to the west, a gorgeous day from seattle down to san diego.
>> remember, 12 states under a winter storm warning. lara? >> i'll take it, stephanie. thank you. now, consumer news. we all heard about mystery meat. but this morning, mystery fish. as americans try to get healthier by eating more fish, spending $80 billion last year alone, by the way. there's brand-new reports this morning, including an abc news investigation, showing what we get is often not what we're paying for. your trip to the fish counter is, experts say, often a huge bait and switch. consumer reports bought 190 pieces of seafood from supermarkets and restaurants and sent them to a lab for dna testing. 22% were not as advertised. >> we found that consumers are being ripped off when they're buying fish.
>> reporter: fish labeled as red snapper turned out to be the cheaper ocean perch. sole turned out to be sutchi catfish, a fish mostly imported from vietnam, where consumer reports says some fish farmers are using drugs not approved in the u.s. and one piece of grouper turned out to be tilefish, which has so much mercury that the government says pregnant women and children shouldn't eat it. and it's not just at the supermarket. >> which one is the scallops? >> reporter: as part of an investigation, abc's "20/20" collected samples for what was supposed to be white tuna from sushi restaurants in three cities. and found that 19 out of 22 samples turned out to be escolar, a cheaper fish that can cause stomach cramps and other problems. this sort of fish fakery is remarkably easy to pull off. >> there are a lot of hands that touch fish, from the time that it is caught in the sea, to when you have it on your dinner plate or when you're buying it in the supermarket. >> reporter: by the time you get it, it's breaded or covered in sauce.
how could you know what it is? even fish industry insiders say they can be easily fooled. for your average customer, not much you can do about this. >> no. >> reporter: experts say the answer here is more government inspection. right now, only 2% of our fish is inspected. and less than 0.001% is inspected for fraud. now, we did get some expert tips for you. one, you can tell the difference between wild salmon and the cheaper farm-raised salmon because the farm-raised fish is much fattier and more colorful. two, try to buy the fish where they cut the entire fish right in front of you so you can see what you're getting. and, three, when you can, try to avoid buying super, super cheap fish. that, we're told is more liable to be fake. that's our consumer news this morning. let's get to lara for the coolest story of the morning. >> absolutely. you get what you pay for, right? you want to get what you pay for. but here is something we're very excited to talk about. the super beagle that somehow
cheated death. daniel the dog was one of several strays an alabama shelter attempted to euthanize. but he somehow managed to survive it now. and we'll meet this never-say-die, death-defying pooch in a moment. first, though, his amazing story. it's the happy ending that big-eared doe-eyed beagle wasn't supposed to have. three weeks ago, this tail-wagging, lovable dog was found as a stray in alabama. after no one claimed him, he was euthanized with a group of other dogs. but to the shock of everyone, he somehow, miraculously survived. >> when he opened the door, daniel just walked right out. he realized, hey, this is amazing. he was saved for a reason. so, we're going to try to get him some help. >> reporter: the shelter named him daniel, after the biblical figure who survived the lion's den. and decided to help him get adopted. his second leash on life.
with the help of eleventh hour rescue, they decided he would have better luck far north. so, daniel went on a trip. first, he made a pit stop in tennessee. then, he went to new jersey by plane. that's where jill came in. she's his new foster mom, while they continue to search for the perfect permanent home. >> he's very loving and sweet. >> reporter: but daniel isn't the first pup to be called a miracle dog. back in march, dan told the story of wally, the adorable little pup from oklahoma, who came back to life after being put down, not once, but twice. after becoming a facebook phenomenon, wall-e made it to new york and "good morning america." >> puppy treats. >> reporter: he's since been adopted by a family in pennsylvania. we're told that he is happy and healthy. a fate that daniel, too, seems destined for. there he is, everybody. look at this face.
how could you not adore daniel? linda schiller is here. she's the president and founder of eleventh hour animal rescue. one bit of good news. there's a lot of good news. but many people have come forward to adopt. you can be choosy now that he's a celeb. >> he is on celebrity status right now. we have literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds. >> hundreds of people, really? >> from all over the country. missouri, colorado. >> why don't you pull the trigger? what are you looking for in terms of the right owner for this beautiful, beautiful dog? >> i think he needs a home that has other pets because he just loves his foster brothers at his foster home. so, he's going to need a home with other dogs. an active family. so, we are interviewing people right now and accepting applications. >> and the name daniel was a biblical choice, right? >> right. the people who rescued him down in alabama and tennessee named him daniel because of daniel coming out of the lion's den. >> and a last name? >> miracle.
>> thank you for coming in. >> we will keep it posted. >> absolutely. >> for more information on how to rescue daniel, go to our website, goodmorningamerica.com. coming up, another happy ending. the desperate search for a severely autistic child missing in virginia. a happy ending. how did he make it? we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] why shop at walgreens for halloween? so you don't have to deal with this. almost a princess. that's the last tiara. get it. [ female announcer ] just go to walgreens where it's easy to find all the candy, plus fun costumes and halloween favorites like reese's peanut butter cups, snickers bars, and cheetos snacks for the party. right now, select snack size candies just $1.99. shopping simplified. with walgreens, there's a way.
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look at this video. so stressful to watch. that is a mother in a burning building on the third floor, stuck there, lowering her child by a rope to her neighbors. we're going to speak with her live, exclusively here on "gma" on this saturday morning. good morning, everybody. i'm dan harris, alongside lara spencer, in for bianna, who is off this weekend. as i said earlier, such a pleasure to have you. >> thank you very much. great to be with you all. and good morning to you all on this saturday, october 29th. also ahead, in the news, the one and only jack hanna is with us. he's brought along some of his more interesting friends. that is not a lawn bowling. oh, there he is. >> armadillo, ladies and gentlemen. jungle jack here in a little bit. we're going to tell you about a lot of animals coming up.
always a pleasure to have jack with us. we're going to start with some serious news this morning. a missing child story with the best possible outcome. an 8-year-old autistic boy who had been missing in the wilderness all by himself in virginia for six days. he has been found. he's okay. and abc's t.j. winick is here with the details. t.j., good morning. >> reporter: dan, good morning to you. such a great story. cheers reportedly broke out at search command posts when little robert was found friday afternoon. even search and rescue officials were clearly moved. >> there's a god. he listens to prayer. and prayers were answered. >> reporter: an emotional hanover county sheriff announced what so many hoped for for eight, long days. this severely autistic boy, robert wood jr., missing since sunday, was found alive. he had survived five nights outside alone despite no food and near-freezing temperatures. >> he's amazing.
he's incredible. his parents' prayers have come true. >> reporter: robert, who is severely autistic and doesn't speak, ran away from his father during a family hike. the response from the community was immediate and overwhelming. ♪ >> reporter: driven by faith and hope, 1,500 virginians scoured railroad tracks, ponds and woods near richmond. >> you do it because something in your gut tells you this is what you need to do. >> reporter: then, by about 2:00 p.m. on friday, a miraculous discovery. the blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy was found in the fetal position, fully clothed, lying in a creek bed at a quarry. it was about three-quarters of a mile from where he went missing. >> he's awake. he's alert. just looking at his smile when he sees his family is very reassuring. >> reporter: robert was taken by helicopter and finally reunited with his family. from his father, robert sr.,
robert is a very strong and determined little boy. we never gave up hope that he would return home safe. robert was actually found by a worker at that quarry. not one of the search volunteers. he's being treated at the medical center in richmond. this could have had a terrible outcome. we're just so thrilled for robert and his entire family this morning. >> so thrilled. what a great outcome. and before the weather changed. thank you so much. >> that's a really good point. thank you very much, t.j. let's get over to ron claiborne with a look at the morning headlines. >> good morning again, dan, lara, t.j. good morning, everyone. in the news, the northeast is bracing for an early blast of wintry weather. the cold air that brought snow to texas and colorado, will bring a rare october snowfall that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. we'll have the forecast coming up. the american man being held in aruba, the suspect in the death of robyn gardner will remain there for another 30 days. gary giordano has been in jail for nearly three months as investigators gather evidence into the disappearance of his
traveling companion. and basketball fans will have to wait until december of this year to see any games. commissioner david stern canceled all games through november, after labor talks broke down again on friday. and finally call it karma or maybe just bad luck. after causing a stir on "dancing with the stars" this week, dancing pro maks chmerkovskiy has broken his toe. we have this breaking news coming in right now. he tweeted about it, maks did. but he didn't say if he would dance on monday. >> he cannot stay out of the news. all over the news. >> we'll find out monday if he can dance again. >> i did the tango with a bum toe. >> you have? >> i have. >> that's coming up. >> lara's going to be tangoing with a bad toe the next hour. you don't want to miss that. time, now, for the weather and stephanie roberts from our tampa, florida, affiliate, wfts. stephanie? >> good morning. more than 60 million people are
bracing for an early snowstorm. the snow spreading through the east. not a bad day to start for new york, up into boston. first comes heavy rain. then comes wind and snow. we're talking a foot of the white stuff for interior new england. >> snow, rain, wind, through the mid-atlantic. this report has been brought to you by aveeno. >> i can't believe it's here. >> i know. i'm shaking my head. it's real. >> it's real. coming up on "good morning america," one mother's desperate decision. she is going to tell us what she was thinking in this moment, as she dropped her children out of a window in a burning building. that's coming up. >> what a harrowing story. and it is a zoo around here.
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video. 23-year-old ashley brown, trapped in a third floor apartment with her two, small children and her mother-in-law, while fire rages below. no other way out, ashley makes the gut-wrenching decision to do the only thing she can think of. she drops her 2-month-old son three stories and a neighbor catches him. >> i just told her to drop the baby. and i told her, i promised her i would catch him. so, i had to catch the baby. >> lawrence fort came through. and then, there was her other child. that baby down, she now had to tie a rope around her 3-year-old daughter and lower her down. amazingly, everyone gets out with barely a scratch. and ashley and her family are joining us, now, from atlanta this morning to tell the story. good morning, ashley. >> hi. good morning. >> how are the kids doing? >> they're doing great. both of them are hanging in there, doing the same things they do every day. >> can you take us to that
moment where you have to make this gut-wrenching decision because you feel there's no other way? first, with your 2 1/2-month-old son, harvey. what are you thinking at that moment? >> there's so many thoughts going through your head when something like that's going on. you know, it's just -- to me, the only way to describe it is your mommy instincts kick in. you're trying to save your kids. and that's the only thing going through your mind at the time is how am i going to get my kids out safe? and that was my main goal. >> we're looking at video of jade. she's your 3-year-old. you found a rope in a closet to tie her and lower her? >> yes. there was, at one point when, i figured out that there was no way we were going to get through the front door. i have my 2 1/2-month-old son. and i knew that he wasn't going to be able to take the smoke. so, we went to the back room. and i sat there, just trying to wrack my mind.
i gathered myself and said, okay. i got to think about some way to get these kids out safe. and for some reason, a harness rope came to my mind. my fiance works in water-proofing. and i knew he had a harness rope in the front closet in the hallway. i grabbed it. went to the room. tied it to the end table. sat the tv on top of it. and survival instincts were just kicking in for my kids. >> you are a brave woman. that worked for jade. but there's no way you believe that you could have done that for little harvey. 2 1/2 months old. he was too small. you had to trust a total stranger. we saw him say, i told her to drop the baby and i promised her i would catch him. how did you trust him? how did you let your child go, three stories above? your bravery is just remarkable. >> it was a very hard decision.
but for a minute, you know, going back and forth. i don't know how long. me and all the neighbors, i was yelling outside. you know, some were saying don't drop him. others were saying drop him. and finally, once that smoke just started coming through slowly but surely under the frame of the door, i knew that it was time to make a move. >> what do you want to say to lawrence fort, the man who caught your son and was the same man who went and banged on your door to tell you there was a fire in the first place? >> words can't express. i mean, he saved my son's life. he is an amazing person. and the gratitude for what he did is just undescribable. >> well, we can see that little jade is exhausted. i don't blame her. she's been through quite an ordeal as have you. as have you. we're so glad everybody is okay. >> me, too. >> great to have you with us. >> great to have you. thank you. >> best of luck with everything. >> okay. thank you so much. >> all right. and coming up on "good morning america," jack hanna's here. and his not-so-furry friends. what is that thing? we'll explain.
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>> this isn't for lawn bowling. >> this is a three-bedded armadillo. one, two, three. they go back to the dinosaur era. they were armadillos in texas, florida, by the millions. there's a bunch of them. >> what happens when you put him down? or her down? >> i'll wind him up. and there he goes. >> arnie, come here. >> jack, she's not well-trained. >> but you know something? the armadillo is the only animal in the world that carries leprosy. >> thank you, jungle jack. >> really. the point is, that's when leprosy was prevalent. that's when they discovered it. they can hear a worm ten inches under the ground. have you ever heard a worm? pick up a worm in your driveway and listen to it. you won't hear anything. >> we have another visitor here. who is this? >> the european barn owl. now, the owl -- if on a game show, you will give
me half of your money. they will ask you, what animal is found in every continent except for antarctica? only one species in the world. it's the owl. different types of owls throughout the world. >> what's the difference between this and the owls that we have here? barn owls? >> you have barn owls. screech owls. you have your eagle owls. there's many species of owls. look how he turns his head. people wonder why they turn their whole head. you notice that? >> i was just going to ask you. how does that happen? >> you see at night, you can go like this. you can go, without moving your head. the owl's eye balls are so big, they cannot move in his eye socket. all owls. they call them the bird of silent flight. this animal can -- he can go over your head by one inch. you will never hear one thing. >> and this animal does not hoot. >> this owl does hoot. but they can eat up to 30 mice an hour. that's why they're so quiet. important to nature. >> why is -- i know that lara, you tried to touch the bird and you -- >> no go. >> you see the talons, it can go
they can go through the skin, through the muscle and break the bone, the eagle. this has 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. it can go through skin and muscle. not to hit a bone. but that's how powerful the talons are. >> and look how long they are. those are -- >> they're a protected species in our country. and they're a beautiful animal to have. >> what do you think of bearcats? are you a fan of bearcats? >> i love bearcats. >> you do? >> well, just met one today. beautiful and charming. >> can you domesticate these animals? >> no. this is from malaysia. it's called a bearcat. you see the long whiskers? >> in the mongoose family? >> yes. they'll will eat anything. cobras. they'll eat fruit. it doesn't make any difference. you know like the wolverine in this country, pound for pound, a tough animal. it will take on something five-times the size of this animal. you see the tail here? that's the strongest tail of any animal in the world. you see that tail? that tail gets five or four feet long. it's so powerful, you wouldn't believe it. >> can you explain the popcorn scent? what's the deal?
>> they have a smell. skunks have a smell. everybody has a smell. >> these guys smell good. >> i'll do research on that. maybe the female likes a smell of popcorn. i don't know. >> jack hanna, always fun to have you on. we really appreciate it. and by the way, if you want more jack hanna, keep it here on abc. "jack hanna's wild countdown" saturdays on abc stations all throughout the country. thank you again. we'll be right back. coming up on "gma" this saturday morning, look at this action hero. that's my friend, abc's own triathlete, chris cuomo. he's here to tell us about his latest adventure. we're back in a second. king.
honey bunches of oats. four grains come together for nutrition in perfect harmony with great taste. honey bunches of oats. before we go, a little treat. "20/20" anchor, chris cuomo, the toughest man in news. the indefatiguible -- i'm using triple-syllable words. >> is that a word? >> i think it is a word. >> i like that. >> you're running some sort of event. >> what is the event? >> this is good stuff. this is good stuff. "men's health" magazine asked me to get involved with this. we know "men's health" magazine. they have something called the urban-athlon. kind of like a triathlon. it happens in big cities. chicago, new york, san francisco. nine miles. but the obstacles along the way are like taxi cabs and going over monkey bars and people chasing up a wall. it's about get out, do
something, be active. have fun. beautiful message, great event. >> you're hosting it. but are you doing it? >> i have a little bit of an injury now. i'm hoping to be ready for san francisco. >> stubbed a toe. >> yeah. i tripped over dan in the hallway. i'll be hosting here. dan will be there with me. >> by hosting, you mean sitting in a chair? >> yes. >> the man has done many triathlons. he is a serious athlete. >> there's my friend, ladies and gentlemen. >> and for the cause. >> great cause. every charity out there is raising money. disabled veterans. great stuff. >> chris cuomo, thank you. good luck. hosting the event today. i know you will do it in san francisco. we appreciate it. that's going to do it for "gma" on this saturday morning. thank you very much for watching. we're always online at abcnews.com. we'll see you later.
and around the bay we're talking much more mild conditions to start out. everyone will enjoy temperatures well above normal. we're talking 70s all around the bay today. this weak system will affect us tomorrow bringing more in the way of low clouds and fog. as for today and on upcoming week, high pressure to the west and east of us allows for a drying trend. in fact dry weather through the weekend. numbers are in the 20s in the northern sierra. 61 in lake tahoe. 71 later today with low 80s in los angeles. taking you back home. this is what i mean, how about 72 in half moon bay. 73 in san francisco. oakland, san francisco should be 68 degrees but we're surpassing that today and low 70s around the bay. today, 76 in san jose.
78 in livermore and santa rosa with hill topping out around 80. lots of sunshine in the central coast. another cool night tonight. temperatures slowly come down and dry on halloween and only in the 60s by the end of the workweek. coming up next at 8:00 a bay area lawmaker is accused of shoplifting. and the dirt on the new ad showing up on local sidewalks. join us for the news at 8:00.